Friday, February 8, 2013
Public works employees wrapped up preparations for Winter Storm Nemo on Thursday even as they knew they would be working almost non-stop for the next 36 hours.
Let it snow. Barrington is ready. Public works employees at the Upland Road facility seemed in almost a festive mood Thursday even as Winter Storm Nemo was forecast to dump up to two feet of wet snow on the town. Well, maybe festive is too strong a word. But they definitely seemed ready to do battle with Mother Nature. Workers were wrapping up preparations for Nemo and contemplating their last good night’s sleep for a couple of days. They went home Thursday night knowing that the next 36 to 48 hours could mean non-stop plowing starting when around 3 inches of snow is on the roads. Plows were already mounted on trucks. Blades were bolted to the plows. Fluid levels were checked on the engines and transmissions. Wiper blades were double-…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Barrington's Department of Public Works uses larvicide briquets in areas with standing water, such as ponds, ditches and catch basins, between May and late September.
Barrington attacks mosquitoes when they are in the larval stage under directions from the RI Department of Environmental Management. Larvicide briquets are used. The town does not spray. It’s described as an environment-friendly approach. “We’ve been doing it this way for at least 8 years,” said Alan Corvi, director of the Department of Public Works. “And we continue to do it. It’s nothing new.” Corvi explained how Barrington attacks mosquitoes because EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) was discovered in a sample of one mosquito pool, or sample, in a trap set in central Barrington on Sept. 5 by the Department of Environmental Management. The test results were announced Thursday. The larvicide briquets are dropped into catch basins, ditches…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Barrington Town Manager Peter DeAngelis Jr. is working with the Conservation Commission to attach signs that explain the treatment of the town's playing fields with synthetic fertilizers.
Expect to see metal signs in a few weeks at all of Barrington’s playing fields that describe the synthetic fertilizers used on them and when the chemicals are applied. The signs will attempt to make parents aware of the chemicals used on the fields by the Department of Public Works. The signs are part of a proposal by the Conservation Commission to begin treating all of the town’s playing fields with organic pesticides and herbicides that has been titled Barrington Environmentally Safe Turf (BEST). “I’m very happy,” said Cynthia Fuller, chair of the Conservation Commission. “It’s a positive thing. I would have liked to see a move to use less chemicals. But as long as people are informed and they are made aware, they can make their own …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Barrington Department of Public Works will hold another 'community shredding' day on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Do you have documents to shred? Then mark your calendar and fill up a bin. Another "community shredding" day is planned for Oct. 13, DPW Director Alan Corvi told the Town Council Monday night. The Barrington Department of Public Works is hosting the shredding day in the parking lot. Documents will be shredded from 9 am to 12:30 pm, said Corvi. Barrington residents only are invited to shred documents. You can bring a neighbor. The DPW facilitiy is located at 84 Upland Way – on the corner of Barrington Avenue.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The RI Resource Recovery Corporation distributes $1.9 million in profits from the sale of recyclables; Barrington delivered 2,218 tons of recyclables to the landfill last fiscal year.
Barrington received on Thursday, Sept .6, approximately $47,500 in recycling profits from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). The allotment was part of $1.9 million in profits given out by RIRRC for the sale of recyclables in fiscal year 2012, according to the agency. Barrington delivered more than 2,218 tons of recyclables to the landfill. Municipal officials from across the state, including Joseph Piccerelli, a superintendent in the Department of Public Works who manages the recycling program, gathered at the landfill on Thursday morning with Gov. Chafee to get their checks. The checks were presented by Michael O'Connell, RIRRC executive director, who said the annual profit-sharing event shows the recycling yields a …